Why does my email from Facebook have cut off lines?

Discussion in 'Email Discussions' started by popowich, Jun 12, 2009.

  1. popowich

    popowich EQ Forum Admin Staff Member

    Aug 12, 2008
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    Are you having a problem seeing all of the lines in some of your email from Facebook?

    According to Markus Stumpf on the qmail mailing list:

    Facebook is sending their mails as
    Content-Transfer-Encoding: quoted-printable
    Content-Type: text/plain; charset="UTF-8"

    Despite the fact that RFC2045 clearly states:

    (Soft Line Breaks) The Quoted-Printable encoding REQUIRES that
    encoded lines be no more than 76 characters long. If longer
    lines are to be encoded with the Quoted-Printable encoding,
    "soft" line breaks must be used. An equal sign as the last
    character on a encoded line indicates such a non-significant
    ("soft") line break in the encoded text.

    They are sending lines with some 100 chars wide.

    This leads to some (correct) mail clients truncating lines and displaying garbled messages/text.

    Also - as spammers make the same mistake rather often - I've seen line
    length checks for Quoted-Printable implemented in antispam software.

    I have notified Facebook, but don't expect something to happen. This was the answer:


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